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Chasing rainbows Sunday, March 29, 2015

The novel I’m currently working on has as one of its themes the point in life when a person senses that they have passed their peak: their high point of strength, beauty, power and respect from others. The best is in the past, and ahead lies only a long decline. Because I’m pursuing such thoughts I pick up passing references to the theme, and I have a memory of an article recently read (I can’t track it down) that illuminates it. The subject of the article was a poet who, having reached the age of 70 without becoming famous, wins the Pulitzer Read More

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Posted by Miles Wisbey

April 17th 2015

Dear Mr Nicholson I have received the last 2 books in the trilogy you gave to my dad for me. I want to thank you very much for them as I am enjoying the first book so very much looking forward to reading them next. Miles Wisbey

William Nicholson responded:

I really hope you enjoy them - but if you get bored, just stop. No reading is compulsory. It's either fun or it's dead.

Posted by James Smith

April 14th 2015

Dear Mr Nicholson, This is not really a question more of a praise and all that rubbish I'm sure you get often. I was just curious about one of your books, thats all. My name is James Smith and I'm sorry to say I have only read one of your books (and have watched none of the films you have made). This is not out of disrespect or anything it's just the book I've read of yours (The Wind Singer) is one of my sister's books that I've "borrowed" and if I show a interest in your books she'll figure out I've "borrowed" her book. I've had the book for some time now and she's teared apart the house looking for it so I think it best if I don't bring up your book in front of her. So I just had some issues with The Wind Singer. Is it set in the past, or furture? I don't think there is any mention of electricity or cars, but then again they could be there. And is the landscape bleak, and the old children old because it is set in the furture and some kind of nuclear war happened (or something of the sort) making the place barren and mutatting children into old people? Or is it simply magic? And the old children! How many poor kiddie winks must have been turned in to those things and then they get slaughtered! It is not fair! Bowman gets turned to one and can't help himself from trying to murder his sister so why can't the other children be let of? Mumpo seems slightly immune to their power. Why is that? And I hate at the ending that Mumpo saves the day. I think it would be better if Kestrel was the one to place the sliver voice in the tower. She had some kind of connection with the tower, always coming to it when annoyed and so on. And please make this into a film, I can't (and I have tried) to describe what this would mean to me and countless other fans but I cannot. There are questions I can't ask because it has been rather rude of me to ask so many (I want to know about the mud people, Queen Num, Emperor, and the Chief examiner and so on but.........) But one last question. Does Scooch make a new biscuit? Thank you for reading this letter, please do reply it would mean the world. -James Smith Ps. You know I will buy your books at my own risk, but if I don't reply your know that my sister got to me first ;)

William Nicholson responded:

Do give the book back to your sister - I feel for her. Give me an address and I'll send you a copy free, just for you. Then you'll be able to talk to her about it, which is the best fun. So - when is 'The Wind Singer' set? it's set in no-time, but it's more past than future. No electricity, no cars. The punishment for the old children is basically magic, yes. As for wanting Kestrel to save the day at the end, if you were ever able to read the next two books in their story ('Slaves of the Mastery' and 'Firesong'), you'll find out what Kestrel does at the end, and - no, I won't spoil it. Does Scooch make a new biscuit? I don't know, but I don't see why not.

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  • The Lovers of Amerherst
  • The Society of Others
  • The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
  • All the Hopeful Lovers
  • The Golden Hour
  • Motherland
  • Reckless


  • The Windsinger
  • Slaves of the Mastery
  • Firesong
  • Seeker
  • Jango
  • Noman
  • Rich and Mad


  • Shadowlands
  • Gladiator
  • Mandela
  • Les Miserables
  • Firelight
  • Nell
  • Sarafina
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age


  • The Retreat from Moscow
  • Shadowlands
  • Katherine Howard